Michael Franks.

It will be horticulture the world turns to in the quest to feed the world in a sustainable way, a Trans-Tasman conference in Melbourne has heard.

 
 
Dr Alastair Ross using the REIMS machine. SUPPLIED/AgResearch

A machine used by surgeons in delicate operations could eventually provide ways of guaranteeing New Zealand farm exports’ provenance.

 
Looking north across the Hawarden Basin from Brandon Downs toward Mt Tekoa, the area potentially to be irrigated by an expansion of the Amuri scheme. Photo: Supplied.

Amuri Irrigation Company (AIC) is formally seeking farmer investment in a $79 million, 7000 - 9000ha piped irrigation scheme for the Hawarden basin area, south of the Hurunui River in North Canterbury.

The report shows that all the primary sectors are performing well.

Against the odds, exports of NZ’s primary produce have increased by $7.5 billion over the last two years and now stand at $45.7b for the year ended June 2019.

Tom Conneen.

Shifting half of New Zealand’s crossbred wool clip to higher value fine wool contracts could boost the economy by about $2 billion, says NZ Merino Company (NZM) chief executive John Brakenridge.

A newly elected National government would offer special work visas for primary sector workers, instantly deport visitors breeching biosecurity laws and set up mobile health clinics for remote rural regions.

Ireland's Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, led a contingent of Irish businesses to the Fieldays last week.

Agricultural Minister Damien O’Connor claims at least 2000 farmers will be helped with on-the-ground support to lift their environmental sustainability as part of Budget 2019 funding.

AgResearch and three other Crown Research Institute collaborators have won the overall Supreme Site Award for Best Stand at National Fieldays.

 

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